Grants and Funding Programs

Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant

The purpose of the Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant (Green and Gold Grant) is to help U of A students become leaders in their profession following graduation. The Green and Gold Grant funds up to 80% of the total cost of an activity, to a maximum of $1,500.

This grant provides funding to participate in high impact professional development activities that will help students:

  • Expand and develop leadership and employability skills. 
  • Explore future career opportunities. 
  • Learn about professional practices in different cultures and contexts. 
  • Establish networks vital to professional practice and advancement.
  • Reflect critically on their career interests and aspirations.

Employability skills, skills directly related to obtaining and maintaining a job, include:


Who can apply

All current full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students with at least satisfactory academic standing. Students must be registered at the University of Alberta at the time of application and when they participate in the proposed activity.

Students are eligible to receive only one grant during each degree program. Group applications are not accepted.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline

Date of Activity

August 1

August

September

September 1

October

October 1

November

November 1

December

December 1

January

January 1

February

February 1

March

March 1

April

April 1

May

May 1

June

July

August

Students are encouraged to apply to an earlier deadline.

Learn how to apply

Eligible activities

Types of activities eligible for funding include, but are not restricted to:

  • leadership conferences and seminars,
  • skill-building workshops,
  • meetings and events hosted by professional associations, and
  • experiential learning activities.

Ineligible activities

Certain activities are not eligible for the Green and Gold Grant. These include, but are not restricted to:

  • Academic conferences where the primary purpose for attending is to present research.
  • Activities organized by student groups (e.g., speakers fees, catering for participants).
  • Research-related travel.
  • Activities for which applicants will also receive academic credit or lead to accreditation or licensure.
  • Work experience placements, whether paid or unpaid (e.g. internship, practicum).
  • Any activity where you will be paid for your participation.

Selection criteria

Applications are assessed by the Green and Gold Grant Adjudication Committee. Applications are considered based on their individual merit and quality. Criteria central to the review process are:

  • purpose and value of the activity and explanation of leadership and professional development,
  • applicant’s role in the activity (i.e. attendee, participant, volunteer) and level of involvement,
  • quality of the application package (i.e. level of detail, clear and concise writing, persuasive and logical explanations)
  • commitment and fiscal responsibility (i.e. planning completed in advance, effort to minimize overall costs)